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Bhaskargad or Basgad is a part of Trimbak range, near to the famous “Trimbakeshwar”, one of the 12 “Jyotirlingas” in India. This is 43 km east of Nashik, and was built to guard the ancient Gonda pass which was a trade route from the west coast towards Nashik.
History of Bhaskargad is not available. However, the rock cut steps along the mountain face and the stone cut covered cisterns are characteristics of forts built during the rule Satvaahan dynasty and indicate that the fort is ancient.
During 1271 to 1308 this fort was under the control of Yadavas of Devgiri. When Devgiri was taken over by Bahamanis, this fort went under their control. When Chhatrapati Shahaji Maharaj revolted against Nizamshahi in 1629, the fort went under his control. In 1633, the Moghuls gained control over Bhaskargad. In 1670, Moropant Pingle won this fort for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and the Moghuls regained it in 1688. In 1730, the fishermen rebelled with Mughals and captured the fort. Later it was with Peshwas till the British captured it in 1818.
11th Sept -:
6.30 am : We will meet at Nashik ST stand
We will proceed towards Nirgudpada (base village of Basgad) via ST bus.
9.00 am : Reach Nirgudpada & Introduction
9.30 am : Start our trek towards Basgad
11.30 am : Reach top of Basgad fort and fort visit & Lunch
02.00 pm : Start Descending towards Nirgudpada
03.30 pm : Reach Nirgudpada and start our return journey back to Nashik
05.30 pm : Reach Nashik